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As the first daffodils break through the soil, we begin to take the coming of spring seriously – and with it, the phrase “spring cleaning” comes to mind. In fact, the change of seasons should provide semi-annual reminders to perform some routine home maintenance.

In addition to monthly chores, like cleaning or changing the furnace filter and replenishing the salt in the water softener, savvy homeowners know that regular maintenance can keep a home running at peak efficiency, avoiding the need for costly repairs.

To that end, the home editors at Better Homes & Gardens magazine provide a seasonal home maintenance checklist:                 

In the spring:

  • Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and/or leaks
  • Change the air conditioner filter
  • Clean all window and door screens
  • Put a new coat of finish on the deck
  • Power wash the windows and siding
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts
  • Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Have a professional inspect and pump the septic tank, if you have one
  • Inspect sink, shower and bath caulking, and re-caulk as needed
  • Vacuum lint from the dryer vent
  • Check garden hoses and exterior plumbing

In the fall:

  • Have the forced-air heating system inspected
  • Have the fireplace/chimney professionally checked for damage or hazards
  • Seal cracks or gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping
  • Touch up exterior siding and trim as needed
  • Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles or leaks
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts
  • Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Clean the carpets and/or the grout in tiled flooring
  • Clean all window and door screens
  • Vacuum lint from the dryer vent
  • Check for any frayed cords or wires, and replace as needed

Interested in more real estate tips? Feel free to contact me directly.

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